• Description

To underscore the extent to which Dobbs has decimated abortion access and to shed light on what states can do to improve access to abortion, this report provides an overview of the state trends related to abortion access. The first part of this report covers four common types of laws that have passed to restrict abortion access: near-total abortion bans; laws with enforcement mechanisms, including criminal penalties, bounty hunter provisions, and fear and confusion; challenges to medication abortion; and laws funding crisis pregnancy centers. The second part of this report covers five common types of laws that have passed to protect abortion access: statutory protections and executive orders, ballot initiatives, shield laws, laws that expand access to medication abortion, and laws that make abortion more affordable through health plans and insurance.

A Year After the Supreme Court Overturned Roe v. Wade, Trends in State Abortion Laws Have Emerged